I believe Josh can rise out of the rust and find his groove. I think
the Jazz are wanting to resign Howard. By playing him now, they are showing
commitment to him. Beating the Spurs is a long shot despite the line up that
finished the season strong. Coach Corbin is gambling on some special
jelling with his veteran presence. Hayward will get his minutes regardless. With
Miles out (which is a benefit to the Jazz) the Jazz are going with their best
players. Don't get me wrong, I like what Carroll can bring, it's just
now the Jazz don't have to rely as heavily on him. If he is willing to come
back as well, then the Jazz will have their role players behind Hayward and
Burks at the wing. Miles is finally expendable.
I'm not going to fault Corbin for sticking with Howard as a starter. If
Josh is on his game, he gives the Spurs more headaches than Carroll can. If
he's still flat, sit him down early and bring in Demarre.
Shouldn't Manu Ginobli be on this list?
The question isn't Howard or Carroll, but Favors and the BIG lineup (the
most productive lineup) over BOTH Howard and Carroll.I wish Howard
well, but that just isn't the best lineup, by any stat measurement, offense
or defense.Big Al, Favors, Millsap, Hayward and Harris.By the time Ty figures it out, a breakthrough may not be possible. He's
already squandered game 1.Jazzaholic
Why does Ty continue to ignore the most productive lineup for the Jazz?The BIG lineup is the best by any offensive or defensive measure, yet he
refuses to make Big Al, Favors, Millsap, Hayward and Harris the starting
lineup.Starters get the most time. Go with your best. Finish with
your best. Play them together the most time.The only reason Ty got
the Jazz into the playoffs was being forced to play the kids, because injuries
took less efficient veteran players out of his options.Why Ty keeps
choosing longevity over skill and production is baffling.Start
Favors over Howard or Carroll. Start and play the BIG lineup.Jazzaholic
JR, I'm right with you on the starting lineup.
Jazz are toast